Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club’s seasons came to an end at the Nassau County PAL Lacrosse Jamboree held at SUNY Farmingdale College. On Saturday, June 9, the seventh- and eighth grade “Late Knights” wrapped up their season in style by defeating Elwood. Glen Cove scored nine goals by seven different players to showcase the way they’ve moved the ball throughout the entire season. Geoff Field and Nick Schneider finished a great season by adding two more goals to their tallies. Dante Castillo, Jared Buehre, Michael Peyton, Sean Maleady and Michael Hatala each added a goal to spread the wealth. Midfielders Peyton and Nick Kiaer controlled several loose balls that led to some offensive production. Defense was once again stellar as the tandem of Max Sutherland and Perry King combined for 14 saves. The coaching trio of Doug Schneider, Chris Pace, Rob Field, with the late season addition of cousin Larry, should be commended for the terrific season the boys had as they jelled together as a team.
The fifth- and sixth-grade team was not as lucky by the outcome of their game against Jericho, but they have everything to be proud of as they turned around a season that started off on the wrong foot. The “Mid Knights,” always up for a challenge, started their comeback with a three-goal deficit leading into the second half. Before you knew it, the score was tied behind the determination of middies Davey Moore, Emil Martin and Mikey Poncet. Russell Perciballi led the team with two goals to add to his season total. Fifth-grader Dylan Anucik opened up the game with a high heater and Bobby Kiaer finished the game with a nifty goal to show Coach Condo what he’s got to look forward to next season. Sixth-graders Moore, Martin and Kevin John Heenan each added a tally in their final game of the season. Attackmen Eric Brown, Kevin Heenan and Colin Pederson played strong offensive games with Brown dishing out two assists and Heenan adding another. The defense had their hands full against a strong attack, but Lucas Salerno, Reece Lupo, John Michael Rhein, Anthony Calo, Seamus Fallon and Teddy Chabowski stood tall in front of goalies Jack Coyle and Brendan Whitehead, who combined for 15 saves in the match. Whitehead also tallied an assist while running the field in the first minutes of the game. Coach Condo and Coach Kevin Heenan are proud of the way the team responded after a slow start to redeem themselves. The process of taking individual talent and turning it into a team concept took a little while, but they’re heading in the right direction now.
As this ends our 18th season as an independent lacrosse program in the Nassau County PAL League we would like to thank our supporters and the City of Glen Cove for providing us the environment to teach and play lacrosse at the youth level. With our second-grade program thriving and many of the older boys gearing up for summer ball we are looking forward to our 19th season, which we plan on pushing as soon as the tykes are back in school in September. Plans for a Fall Lacrosse Luau are also in the works, so keep your ears open.